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TUESDAY: What is Humility?

James 1:9-10; 3:13-14; 4:6-10

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

If my circumstances cause me to be humble, then I know that God is at work and gives me favor. It is when I think I have everything figured out—and therefore am prideful—then I realize that my ambition is selfish.

It’s good to have ambition, as long as it comes from the Lord and is executed in humility which comes from His wisdom. However, selfish ambition comes from bitter envy and will result in my humiliation.

God may honor with wealth and wisdom, but if I revere these things more than Him, He can also take them away, leaving me chasing after more prideful things which will pass away like a wild flower.


God tells me to submit myself to Him by coming near to Him. Getting more of what God wants inside me, will help me to resist the devil. The devil is prideful and wants to teach me his ways; if I recognize this and resist Him, then He will flee from me.

The closer I get to God, the humbler I become. God desires to lift me up, and in order to do that, I must lift Him up—lifting His Name higher than myself, allowing Him to shower His grace on me.

It is when I choose to purify my heart by seeking the Lord that I realize just how deep pride is buried inside my heart, and I grieve, mourn, and wail because of my sin.

Lord, help me to get rid of this nasty pride in my heart. Draw me close to You so You can wash my heart of pride and fill it with humility. Amen.

May you be blessed,
Chaplain Wayne Ruckman

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